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Traveling safely in your RV

An RV parked outside home being prepared for a safe trip

Traveling safely is important to everyone who takes to the road in a motor home or travel trailer. Make sure your RV is well maintained and ready to go when you are. That's the first step toward having a safe trip.

Before your trip

Remember to observe the common principles of safety:

  • Obey the speed limit
  • Buckle your seat belt
  • Know your rig height before you go
  • Install a deadbolt door lock on your RV
  • Inspect all belts and hoses for cracking, especially radiator hoses. Replace as needed.
  • Check headlights, tires (air and tread) and turn signals.
  • Check any hitch or towing equipment
  • Verify your insurance coverage
  • Check your fire extinguisher and smoke alarms
  • Clean your cooking vent hood to avoid grease fires
  • Leave your itinerary with relatives or friends in case of emergency

Tools to keep handy

  • Flashlight
  • Jumper Cables
  • Flat Repair Spray
  • Road Flares
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Duct Tape (for temporary repairs to ruptured radiator hoses)

Park in a sheltered area

Avoid trees or power lines that could fall on your vehicle. The safest place during lightning is inside your RV. If you're in the path of a tornado, you are safest in a tornado shelter. Avoid parking in low areas that are prone to flash flooding.

If you need to file a claim

We hope your rv trip is safe, but if you do have an accident you can get countrywide claim service by calling our toll-free claims hotline at 1-800-527-3907. If you're injured in an accident, seek medical assistance first and call us later or have someone else make the call for you.

Brochure for RV travelers

If you'd like a copy of our brochure for RV travelers, including travel, safety and insurance information, drop a note to Foremost Insurance Group, Public Relations Department, PO Box 2450, Grand Rapids, MI 49501 or send us an e-mail.

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